MeFi Poker, June 10th 9pm Eastern June 9, 2007 5:46 PM   Subscribe

In a little under 24 hours cards will be hitting felt at the Third Annual Metafilter Poker Tournament. Do you have what it takes to match wits with MeFi's card sharks? (Shocking details inside!)
posted by ODiV to MetaFilter Gatherings at 5:46 PM (39 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

What: No Limit Hold Em poker tournament. On the Internet.
Where: Full Tilt Poker (works on Macs too!)
When: Sunday, June 10th, 9:00 PM Eastern time
How: Sign up for Full Tilt. The tournament will be in the private tournament section. The tournament # is 19727130 and the password for it will be the word before the @ sign in the email in my profile. The buy-in is $11 total. $10 goes to the prize pool and $1 goes to Full Tilt.

If Matt, Jessamyn or Cortex want to play, I'll happily buy them in. Email me.

The minimum deposit at Full Tilt is $50. If you'd rather not put that much on, shoot me an email and we can sort something out.
posted by ODiV at 5:47 PM on June 9, 2007


From previous runs, how long has it gone on for?
posted by cortex (staff) at 6:21 PM on June 9, 2007


If you're me, about an hour before the end. In truth, I think we got to the last table last year within an hour or two, or am I misremembering?
posted by absalom at 6:22 PM on June 9, 2007


I cannot believe you posted this. I was so wondering - does anybody want to start a MeFi home game online?
posted by phaedon at 6:30 PM on June 9, 2007


I did this last year. It was fun.
posted by delmoi at 6:31 PM on June 9, 2007


Before I click to commit my eleven dollars - is this a hold 'em game? limit or no limit? and what are the blinds?
posted by phaedon at 7:19 PM on June 9, 2007


Also you scheduled this right when the Cavs-Spurs game starts. Is it possible to join in a couple of hours later?
posted by phaedon at 7:24 PM on June 9, 2007


Before I click to commit my comment - have I read the post? Including the more inside? And am I blind?

I keed, I keed!
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:25 PM on June 9, 2007


More info.
posted by absalom at 7:37 PM on June 9, 2007


Before I click to commit my comment - have I read the post? Including the more inside? And am I blind?

Man, I'm sorry, I was busy finishing off a jar of pickles. Anyway, I hope this is legal. Either way, I'm in.
posted by phaedon at 7:42 PM on June 9, 2007


cortex: About two hours, depending on your luck obviously. If you're worried about taking too long I can promise to pay $10 to whoever takes you out. Happy to help.

phaedon: you can sign up now, but come in and play any time later. You will lose chips from the blinds as time wears on though.
posted by ODiV at 9:00 PM on June 9, 2007


If I get back from Chicago RibFest early enough, I will play!
posted by twiggy at 11:23 PM on June 9, 2007


Is there a "spectator/peanut gallery" mode?
posted by YoBananaBoy at 12:04 AM on June 10, 2007


YoBananaBoy writes 'Is there a "spectator/peanut gallery" mode?'

It's called 'railbirding' YBB, and yes there is -- but unless you've actually made a cash deposit on your account, you won't be able to beg the players for $5, or abuse them for their donkey-like plays in the proper railbird tradition.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:23 AM on June 10, 2007


The minimum deposit at Full Tilt is $50.

What exactly does this mean? Does it mean that in order to register with Full Tilt I have to drop them $50? If I 'deposit' $50 can I withdraw that from Full Tilt after I lose on the first table in this tournament? Putting it down to begin with is not really a problem, but not being able to get it back after I make an ass of myself playing poker would be a problem. I'll go look at their T&C and see if I can answer any of these Q's myself. Input here appreciated though.
posted by carsonb at 6:57 AM on June 10, 2007


Transcribed from the cashier screen:
Since your balance is $50 or less, you must withdraw the entire amount.

Your withdrawal will be processed within 48 hours of your request, and your money will be credited back to the same payment processor (ePassporte, NETeller, Moneybookers or Click2Pay) that you used to make your deposit. Withdrawals cannot be credited back to your Visa or MasterCard.

If you have used multiple payment processors to make deposits at Full Tilt Poker, your withdrawal will be credited to the preferred payment processor on record with Full Tilt Poker. If you did not use a payment processor to make your deposit, you will need to open a payment processor account in order to withdraw from your Full Tilt Poker account.

posted by muteh at 8:04 AM on June 10, 2007


carson, talk to ODiV. All you need to do is sign up to get an account with FullTilt, but make sure your address (or something approaching an address, perhaps not in the US - legalities evade me) is on record with them.
You can make a reasonable deposit with ODiV and ODiV can transfer similar funds to your account without you making a deposit with FullTilt. It's a little bit around-the-houses, but if you're like me and poker is a method of donation, he's got a nice scheme.
posted by NinjaTadpole at 8:56 AM on June 10, 2007


carsonb: You do not need to 'deposit' to play, you just need to have $11 in your account. I can transfer you $11 if you wish (contact me for details). On the other hand, if you'd rather deposit from your debit card or whatever, the minimum deposit is $50. Clear as mud?

Please don't give Full Tilt a fake address. They don't care if you're American or not.

YoBananaBoy: You can watch tournaments on Full Tilt. I suggested in the previous thread that we all hang out in #poker on IRC (irc.ieattapes.com). You can harass us in there if you like since you won't be able to chat on the poker site.
posted by ODiV at 9:12 AM on June 10, 2007


Thanks for the tips. I think I've got my brain wrapped around the deposit issue and back door scheme. Check your email, ODiV.

And yeah, poker as a method of donation. I'm pokerthropic.
posted by carsonb at 9:56 AM on June 10, 2007


Thanks for the lowdown, PeterMcDermott.
posted by YoBananaBoy at 2:47 PM on June 10, 2007


Bring. It.
posted by allkindsoftime at 5:31 PM on June 10, 2007


I am feeling lost with this IRC business... I found the IRC primer on the website ODiv linked to, but the short history looks to be about 20 pages long (or feels that way).

Can someone give me a head start (you can download software from X, put "/" before everything you say), assuming I know nothing? Can I learn how to do this in the next 25 minutes?

I'm running Windows XP Home, 2002 edition if that makes a difference.

Otherwise, I'll be the quiet one at the table, I s'pose :)
posted by paddingtonb at 5:35 PM on June 10, 2007


download link
a short how to

install, put something in the boxes to say who you are. You type things in the long box at the bottom. Commands have a leading /.

/server irc.ieattapes.com
/join #poker

should get you in
posted by muteh at 5:45 PM on June 10, 2007


paddingtonb: Probably the easiest thing to do is to download mirc. Once you have that installed you can add "irc.ieattapes.com" in your list of servers and "connect" to it. Once connected type "/join #poker" and you should see us. There's a FAQ on the mirc site too.

You only have to type the / when issuing commands (like joining a room).
posted by ODiV at 5:46 PM on June 10, 2007


Okay, I'm getting a beer.
posted by ODiV at 5:50 PM on June 10, 2007


Well, that was fun! Congrats, ODiV, on winning the tournament you so lovingly put on.
posted by carsonb at 7:04 PM on June 10, 2007


Ya'all, that was the best online poker I've ever been a part of, thanks to the unusually high intelligence/character/etc. of the people taking part. Two things: (1) we should do this more often, and (2) more of you oughtta join in. It's great fun.
posted by jbickers at 7:06 PM on June 10, 2007


congratulations ODiV, and thanks for organising
posted by muteh at 7:08 PM on June 10, 2007


Thanks for coming everyone!

I guarantee that me putting this on had nothing to do with winning it. :P

If you look at my poker graph since May 29th you'll notice a small incline at the end. Thanks!
posted by ODiV at 7:12 PM on June 10, 2007


Yeah, the only drawback is no photos.
Good stuff, odiv, you really pulled it back from shortstack!
posted by NinjaTadpole at 7:12 PM on June 10, 2007


Oh for fuck's sake. I seriously meant to do this and completely brainfarted.

Is this only happening once a year?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 8:54 PM on June 10, 2007


Is this only happening once a year?

I'd sign up for a monthly game, no question.
posted by jbickers at 2:12 AM on June 11, 2007


Only once a year so far. Last year after the tournament there was some talk about a monthly game. I said I'd play in it, but didn't want to organize it. Nothing ever came of it, as far as I know.

I'd be up for a monthly (or bimonthly or weekly or quarterly) game too, but I'm not interested in setting it up. Feel free to email me with details if anyone wants to plan anything.
posted by ODiV at 9:44 AM on June 11, 2007


It'd be an expensive monthly endeavor for me (did you guys see how fast that high stack went?) but I'd play occasionally with y'all.
posted by carsonb at 1:37 PM on June 11, 2007


I'd play monthly if people would promise not to slap me with a straight flush. But as odiv said on the night, there's a lot of agreeing and not a lot of doing on the grey.




So I'll just be over here when you've decided.
posted by NinjaTadpole at 2:08 PM on June 11, 2007


(1) we should do this more often, and (2) more of you oughtta join in. It's great fun.

Personally, I'd love to, but holding it on Sunday US time makes it pretty much impossible for those of us in Australia/NZ (the game was at Monday 1pm my time, so of course I was at work).

If you can get a game going on Saturday (US time), I'm definitely in. (I accept that holding it on a Saturday might mean fewer North Americans play, and thus outweigh the benefits of allowing Australasians in, so if it can't happen, it can't happen).
posted by Infinite Jest at 6:29 PM on June 11, 2007


Personally, I'd love to, but holding it on Sunday US time makes it pretty much impossible for those of us in Australia/NZ (the game was at Monday 1pm my time, so of course I was at work).

I get up VERY early on Mondays for work, so I barely took part this time. I was thinking about proposing/setting up a Saturday afternoon game ... anybody interested?

I was also going to suggest that we try PokerStars next time - they don't have a $50 minimum, you can put in as little as $10 and I've played there for over a year, very nice.
posted by jbickers at 6:58 PM on June 11, 2007


I have an account on PokerStars but never played for real money... if the minimum cash deposit is only $10 then hell yes, sign me up for a Saturday afternoon game. I'm busy June 23 and July 7 but any Saturday afternoon beyond that I'm game.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:42 AM on June 12, 2007


I'd be up for a Saturday afternoon game. I'm out of town for the next two Saturdays, but after that, I'm in.
I have accounts at Absolute, Full Tilt, PokerStars and Bodog (but I only have money on the Absolute account).
posted by Infinite Jest at 9:20 PM on June 14, 2007


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